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BIOL2029: Cell Biology

Cell biology is one of the most dynamic areas in science today. In both plants and animals, cell to cell communication and coordination of the cell cycle, as well as cellular division and migration, are vital for normal development of various tissues from stem cells. In this unit you will investigate, the diversity of cell types, how these different cells interact with each other, how the cell cycle is controlled, as well as studying the roles of cellular movement, differentiation and interaction in reproduction and development. In this unit, you will acquire a deep understanding of the established knowledge base and develop research skills to extend this knowledge. Discussions will incorporate recent advances in cell research including the regenerative potential of stem cells to replace damaged and diseased tissue and how the placenta can control the physiology of the mother and foetus. The laboratory program, provides you with hands on training in key techniques such as cell culture, cell signal transduction, mitochondrial physiology, drug discovery in marine organisms, digital microscopy and tissue specific gene expression. These skills will prepare you for a research pathway and/or a career that includes cell biology.

Code BIOL2029
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
BIOL2016 or BIOL2916 or BIOL2929

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply skills developed in the operation of stereo and compound microscopes and their use in cell and tissue research
  • LO2. apply competencies in calculating the concentration of cells and chemicals in a changed volume of solute
  • LO3. develop skills in the culture of cells in vitro and the use of cell cultures for research
  • LO4. generate your own unique cell biology data, apply key cell biology research techniques to solve novel questions and create a scientific manuscript
  • LO5. understand the major pathways in intercellular and intracellular communication and signalling
  • LO6. evaluate research on the molecular machinery that allows endocrine glands such as the hypothalamus and pituitary to control cellular processes in the body of animals
  • LO7. understand the cytoskeleton and how it allows cells to function including movement and the formation of intracellular transport pathways and networks
  • LO8. describe the mechanism and control of the cell cycle at the molecular level and how the loss of these controls can lead to cancer and cancer progression
  • LO9. understand the molecular mechanisms that control apoptosis and how apoptosis is used in development
  • LO10. evaluate current research on development processes in plants and animals.